Why Manchester?

The ward in which Manchester Youth Zone is located ranks 2nd worst in England for the effect of long-term deprivation on children. Many young people in the surrounding area are vulnerable to poor educational attainment, future worklessness and to developing antisocial or offending behaviour.

In the local area:

  • Unemployment is 16.2% (national rate 7.5%)
  • 48% of families live below the poverty line
  • 11% of 16-18 year olds are not in employment, education or training

What Manchester Youth Zone is all about...


This infrastructure of facilities is based ​​​​​​​upon our 21st Century Youth Facility Model and young people from across Manchester will have access to all these fantastic facilities for a cost of £5 for an annual membership and 50p per visit.  The Youth Zone will provide a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves and will enable young people to raise their aspirations and confidence, to create a happier and healthier generation.


“I would recommend Junior Choices to other people so it could change their life the way it changed mine.”

Meet Shaun – when he was younger he would hang out with older kids who would force him to do things which led to him being threatened with exclusion from school. Shaun was referred to Manchester Youth Zones Junior Choices – a 10-week intervention programme – where he has built up his confidence and learnt to enjoy meeting and helping new friends.

Latest News...

Manchester Youth Zone’s Girls Group take on topical issues

11th May 2021 by OnSide

Manchester Youth Zone’s Girls Group gives girls a space to talk and take action on topical issues. The group has recently been discussing female safety.…

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Mental Health Awareness Week

10th May 2021 by Adam Farricker, Chief Executive, HideOut

The past 12-18 months has been a difficult time for everyone, but it’s children and young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds that have been…

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Take a look through our portfolio of Youth Zones to learn more about how we are providing 21st Century youth provision to thousands of young people across the country.

Each Youth Zone is an independent charity, working tirelessly to meet the needs of local young people and the community of which they are a part of.

  • Bolton Lads and Girls Club
  • Wirral Youth Zone


...and see for yourself the difference we make

Whether you are interested in supporting your local Youth Zone or want to understand how your community project can work with us to create a better future for the young people of our area we’d recommend that you come and see us in person!

Fill our the form giving us a brief description of your reason for requesting a visit and we will be in touch to arrange a convenient time.

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